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Choosing a lift to handle medium-duty trucks

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 06:00
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If you want to sell medium-duty trucks, your service department needs the right equipment to maintain them. Ford, Ram and GM dealers – and anyone else who services medium-duty trucks – should install at least one lift with a rated load capacity of 25,000 lbs. or more.
“OEMs want their dealers to be able to service what they sell,” says Doug Spiller, heavy-duty product manager for Rotary Lift. “Equipping your facility to properly service commercial vehicles can also lead to new revenue streams generated by supporting local fleets, municipalities, school districts and utilities.”
Dealer equipment programs include heavy-duty four-post and mobile column lifts for servicing medium-duty trucks. Rotary Lift, the largest lift manufacturer in North America, provides these tips to help choose which style of lift is best for a dealership’s needs and growth goals.
Mobile column lifts
 The easiest and most cost-effective heavy-duty lift to add to a service department is the versatile mobile column lift. A mobile column lift consists of two, three or four pairs of lifting columns that work together to pick up and raise a vehicle by its wheels. One column is positioned at each wheel of a vehicle, and then they are all synchronized using communication cables or wireless receivers to simultaneously raise the vehicle.
These portable lifts are easy for technicians to use. Battery-operated wireless models can be set up quickly in an available flat bay with no cords to connect or get in the way.
For dealers who anticipate only occasional truck service, mobile columns are easy to move and store so they don’t take up valuable bay space when not in use. Adding to their flexibility is the fact that after the vehicle is raised to an ergonomic working height, the technician can lower the vehicle onto a set of jack stands so the mobile columns can be removed and used in another bay. In this way, a single mobile column lift can be used to pick up vehicles in multiple bays.

Other advantages of mobile column lifts:
Provide unobstructed access to the vehicle undercarriage — no arms, columns     or runways to get in the way.
Can lift virtually any vehicle configuration, including cars.
A clear floor under the vehicle provides easy access for tools and equipment.
No installation required.
Can be used for most maintenance and repair tasks, including brake, tire and suspension work (with the use of jack stands).
Available in a variety of lifting capacities, battery-powered or plug-in, with wired or wireless communication.
Battery-operated lifts can be used in areas without power outlets.
Rotary Lift’s new Mach™ Flex powered by Red Fire™ mobile column lifts are operated by remote control, giving the technician full visibility and mobility around the vehicle while lifting.

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